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Red Sox 2, Yankees 1, End 4: Sox Take Lead After Seesaw Inning

The Red Sox have taken a 2-1 lead after a seesaw third inning.

After two scoreless innings, things opened up some in the third inning. For the Red Sox in somewhat more impressive fashion than the Yankees.

Leading off the third, Eduardo Nunez quickly got ahead of Josh Beckett 3-1, and took advantage, planting a ball off the wall and hurrying into second ahead of the throw from Carl Crawford. Beckett nearly managed to dodge that bit of trouble, inducing a ground out and striking out Brett Gardner to leave him just one out away from escaping, but Derek Jeter’s weak fly ball managed to find open ground, landing for a hit and bringing the run home.

The Sox weren’t going to let that stand for long, however. Back-to-back line drives from Marco Scutaro and Jacoby Ellsbury put runners at second and third with no outs, and the Sox tied things quickly with a ground ball that brought in Ellsbury. The Yankees decided to intentionally walk David Ortiz with two outs already recorded, but found no success against Jed Lowrie, who lined one just fair down the right field line, giving the Sox a 2-1 lead.